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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mickey Finn a part-time user from Boston writes:
When I first got this puppy, I was in a state of confusion. There were a lot of choices on hand, and I was ready to go for a Moog Prodigy or even a Mini. luckily, I waited it out and a pristine MonoPoly turned up 400 miles away in New Jersey. I was psyched. Picked her up for 425 bones- a real fabulous deal, fabulous seller.

This synth makes sounds like none other. I have been playing digital for the past 5 years as well as an assortment of analogs, and NOTHING has the unique sounds you can find on the MonoPoly. I still can't figure out why, with all the variety on the market, people compare everything to Moog. Folks- it's a four-letter fad- get over it. Does a Moog sound beefy and classic? Sure. Is it a classic piece of Music Americana? Maybe. Does it command a price tag of 2-4000 dollars? HEEEEELLS no!! I'd put my MonoP against it any day- four fat oscillators, that classic, rotund Korg filter, and mod possibilities out the wazoo- it often pretends to have patchchords sticking out of the routing bays. So many options, so little time...you can make sounds ranging from the static electricity in your girlfriend's skirt to Bob Moog taking a dump over the Jaws. (work the LFO on that one)

The first time I plugged it in, I had my amp down really low, as I had been playing my guitar quietly. THe first note I hit made the windows shake. WOOONK. This baby has some powerful envelopes/amplifiers on board...adjusted those three oscillators to triangle, one on saw tooth, kicked the filter, and rumbled the house. Made enough bass to wake up our neighboring Siberian Huskies. Honestly, this is beefier than my old Maxi-Korg 800DV- which, for you fadfollowers, is considered a fair rival to the MiniMoog.

The sound is somewhere between a Pro-1, MiniMoog, MS-20, and the Octave Cat. Pure organic noises- otherworldly. You can tell you're playing with a Real Live instrument, as it doesn't pretend to be anything other than a MonoPoly. No guitars, no drums, no flutes...just pure analog, earthy elements. Maybe some Hammond in there...maybe some breaking glass or hailstorms. Wacked-out 70's style leads, deep space-9 bass, and some liquidy sweet tremolo spirits.

I love this noise box, and will never part with it. It's the real deal, kids, and going up in price; Buy it while it's still the price of a Moog in 1991!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-07-2005 at 15:08
Collin Ward MacDonald a part-time user from Canada writes:
My brother picked this up for me at a garage sale for $25 (canadian). He gave it to me as a birthday present (do you know what this is? he asked). Use it primarily for soundtrack work on videos. Huge and nasty bottom end, screaming highs, and some of the nicest and coolest sounds to hit the ears. Great live use if you're into a kind of jazz fusion thing. Get one, and use it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-09-2004 at 14:33
Jeremiah M. Stanfill a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I owned one of these synths for about 5 years, and sold it back in 2000. I would recommend this synth to anyone who is just learning the principles of analog/subtractive synthesis. It has decent modulation routings for a low budget synth in the early eighties. I will also add that they are one of the most reliable analog synths for its age. I've done just about every routing possible on the synth except for controlling the filter with an external low to high frequency modulator, and then somehow being able to track the external modulator from the keyboard for filter FM...if anyone accomplishes that, let me know.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-01-2004 at 13:43
Steve a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I had one for about four year a while back. I cannot praise this synth highly enough for being a monophonic synth.

I have sold a lot of gear that I used to have and this is one of the pieces that I really regret letting go of(and my Jupiter 6). I had a Minimoog at the same time I owned this. The Moog's filters were brighter, but this synth was way punchier.

I also had a Polysix at the time I owned this. They use the same oscillators and share much of the same sound characteristics, but this puppy is way more powerful.

I highly recommend this synth.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-20-2004 at 17:08
SYNTEX77 from Italy writes:
God monophonic-polyphonic ( the name is correct!) synth, width this you can create a big variety of sound, thanks to analog effect and modulation, in mono mode is very fat...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-06-2004 at 16:30
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